Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:00pm
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes sign Jay & Silent Bob's Blueprints for Destroying Everything off-site at House of Blues in San Diego. Kevin Smith. Jason Mewes. Jay and Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything. The iconic Jay and Silent Bob offer practical and entertaining advice for wreaking havoc at every turn in the most hilarious ways possible. Written by the beloved duo from Clerks, and many other films and productions in the View Askewniverse, these blueprints will save your destroying everyone else’s.  Two opportunities to join the cult characters. Check our web calendar or the venues’ websites for details on these 21 and up events.            Kevin Smith & Jason Mewes
ISBN-13: 9781476714226
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Published: Gallery Books, 7/2013

Destroy anything and everything with the help of this illustrated collection of blueprints concocted by the legendary characters Jay and Silent Bob.  

Need to destroy self-doubt? How about the glass ceiling? Or maybe your aims are less lofty, and your ex-girlfriend just really has to go.  

In all cases, the iconic Jay and Silent Bob offer practical and entertaining advice for wreaking havoc at every turn in the most hilarious ways possible. Written by the beloved duo from Clerks, and many other films and productions in the View Askewniverse, these blueprints will save your destroying everyone else’s. 

About the Authors 

Kevin Smith is a screenwriter, actor, film producer, and director, as well as a New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, comedian/raconteur, and Internet radio personality best recognized by viewers as Silent Bob. He has directed movies such as Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, and Chasing Amy and written four previous books and numerous comic books. He currently hosts the comedy podcast SModcast, the Hulu show Spoilers, and the AMC show Comic Book Men

Jason Mewes is a television and film actor and Internet radio show host best known for playing Jay, the vocal half of the Jay and Silent Bob duo in six films and an animated series. He currently cohosts a weekly podcast with Kevin Smith called "Jay and Silent Bob Get Old."

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 2:00pm
Join British fantasy author and occasional film editor Joe Abercrombie in-store to talk fantasy, black humor, reluctant heroes, and the madness of SDCCI. Publishers Weekly’s starred review of Half a King noted: “In this superb fantasy trilogy kickoff, Abercrombie (the First Law trilogy) regales readers with the tale of a young man who is thrust onto the throne by unexpected betrayal. … Abercrombie’s stellar prose style and clever plot twists will be sure to please both adult and teen readers.”               

Half a King (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780804178327
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Published: Del Rey, 7/2014

“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”  

Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.  

The deceived will become the deceiver.  

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.  

The betrayed will become the betrayer.  

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.  

Will the usurped become the usurper?  

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

About the Author 

Joe Abercrombie is the New York Times bestselling author of Red Country and the First Law trilogy: The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Last Argument of Kings. He spent ten years as a freelance film editor, but is now a full-time writer who lives in Bath, England, with his wife, two daughters, and son.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday July 29th.      Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)       Happy Reading!       Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

The Republic of Thieves (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780553588965
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Del Rey, 7/2014
In a contest over a local election, Locke goes up against Sabetha, the love of his life and his equal in skill and cunning. Locke must choose whether to fight Sabetha--or to woo her. It is a decision on which both their lives may depend.

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:00pm
Best-selling SF author and futurist Tobias Buckell continues his tradition of thrilling and diverse stories, and his exploration of a world transformed by climate change with Hurricane Fever, the second in the Arctic Rising future-thriller series. Hurricane Fever earned praise from Kirkus — “Buckell has written a smart and well-constructed tale that’s filled with excitement and the flavor of the Caribbean isles,” and Publishers Weekly – “The scenes of sailing and spying action move quickly, and the climax, set on a supersized satellite-launching cannon, is one white cat shy of a Bond movie.” Keep your books dry and join us in-store to talk about the shape of the future and espionage.            

Hurricane Fever (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780765319227
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Published: Tor Books, 7/2014

Prudence “Roo” Jones never thought he’d have a family to look after—until suddenly he found himself taking care of his orphaned teenage nephew. Roo, a former Caribbean Intelligence operative, spends his downtime on his catamaran dodging the punishing hurricanes that are the new norm in the Caribbean. Roo enjoys the simple calm of his new life—until an unexpected package from a murdered fellow spy shows up. Suddenly Roo is thrown into the center of the biggest storm of all. 

Using his wits—and some of the more violent tricks of his former trade—Roo begins to unravel the mystery that got his friend killed. When a polished and cunning woman claiming to be murdered spy’s sister appears, the two find themselves caught up in a global conspiracy with a weapon that could change the face of the world forever. 

In Hurricane Fever, New York Times bestselling author Tobias Buckell (Arctic Rising, Halo: The Cole Protocol) has crafted a kinetic technothriller perfect for fans of action-packed espionage within a smartly drawn geo-political landscape. Roo is an anti–James Bond for a new generation.

About the Author 

Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times bestselling author whose books and his fifty-plus short stories have been translated around the world. He is the author of the novels Crystal Rain, Ragamuffin, Sly Mongoose, Halo: The Code Protocol, and Arctic Rising. Buckell hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and US Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat his family was living on and they moved to Ohio, where he still lives today with his wife and daughters.

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:00pm
    Our summer workshops with the Clarion Instructors draws to a close with the double-bill of spouses and editors Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Ann is a Hugo-award winning editor and publisher who contributed not only to a number of esteemed print publications, but is also a consulting fiction editor for Jeff is also an book reviewer and an author – recent projects by the a three-time World Fantasy Award winner include Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, the world’s first full-color, image-based writing guide, and the first installment in his Southern Reach novel trilogy (Annihilation).
ISBN-13: 9780765374240
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Published: Tor Books, 3/2014

The Time Traveler's Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century's worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations. 

This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu's "Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers"). 

In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth's history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler's Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life.

About the Authors 

Ann VanderMeer is the Hugo Award–winning former editor of Weird Tales magazine and has worked with her husband, Hugo–nominated and World Fantasy Award–winning writer Jeff VanderMeer on the genre-defining anthologies The New Weird, Steampunk, and The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, and the World Fantasy Award–winning The Weird. They live in Tallahassee, Florida.

Sat, 08/02/2014 - 2:00pm
Susan Spann returns to the world of sixteenth-century Japan in this thrilling sequel to her debut novel Claws of the Cat. Master ninja Hiro Hattori and Father Matteo, the Jesuit priest Hiro has pledged to protect, are summoned to a shogun’s palace to find the murderer of the shogun’s cousin. Susan uses her deep interest in Asian culture and studies of Mandarin and Japanese to bring medieval Japan to life. Susan lives in northern California with her family where she spends time cooking Asian food, fencing, and knife and shuriken throwing.              
ISBN-13: 9781250027054
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Published: Minotaur Books, 7/2014

June, 1565: Master ninja Hiro Hattori receives a pre-dawn visit from Kazu, a fellow shinobi working undercover at the shogunate. Hours before, the shogun’'s cousin, Saburo, was stabbed to death in the shogun’s palace. The murder weapon: Kazu’s personal dagger. Kazu says he’s innocent, and begs for Hiro’s help, but his story gives Hiro reason to doubt the young shinobi’s claims. 

When the shogun summons Hiro and Father Mateo, the Portuguese Jesuit priest under Hiro’s protection, to find the killer, Hiro finds himself forced to choose between friendship and personal honor. 

The investigation reveals a plot to assassinate the shogun and overthrow the ruling Ashikaga clan. With Lord Oda’s enemy forces approaching Kyoto, and the murderer poised to strike again, Hiro must use his assassin’s skills to reveal the killer’s identity and protect the shogun at any cost. Kazu, now trapped in the city, still refuses to explain his whereabouts at the time of the murder. But a suspicious shogunate maid, Saburo’s wife, and the shogun’s stable master also had reasons to want Saburo dead. With the shogun demanding the murderer’s head before Lord Oda reaches the city, Hiro and Father Mateo must produce the killer in time . . . or die in his place. 

Blade of the Samurai is a complex mystery that will transport readers to a thrilling and unforgettable adventure in sixteenth-century Japan.

About the Author 

Susan Spann is a transactional attorney focusing on publishing law and a former law school professor. She has a deep interest in Asian culture and has studied Mandarin and Japanese. Her hobbies include Asian cooking, fencing, knife and shuriken throwing, traditional archery, martial arts, rock climbing, and horseback riding. Susan keeps a marine aquarium where she raises seahorses and rare corals. Spann is a member of the Historical Novel Society and is the author of Claws of the Cat. She lives in northern California with her family.

Sun, 08/03/2014 - 2:00pm
     Henry Herz      Nancy Holder Two of our favorite local authors team up to introduce a new fantasy young adult anthology, Beyond the Pale. Henry, most known for his unique picture books co-written with his sons, edited this collection. Local author Nancy Holder’s contribution is a story set in the universe of her Wicked series. Other authors include Heather Brewer (Vladimir Todd series), Jim Butcher (Dresden File series), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures series) and more. Spend a fun Sunday afternoon expanding some favorite universes.

Beyond the Pale (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780989448734
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Published: Birch Tree Publishing, 7/2014

Beyond the Pale is an anthology of fantasy short stories that occur on the border between the real and the fantastic and contains eleven fantasy/urban fantasy/paranormal short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed (Throne of the Crescent Moon), Peter S. Beagle (The Last Unicorn), Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod), Jim Butcher (Dresden Files), Kami Garcia (Beautiful Creatures), Nancy Holder (Wicked), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), and Jane Yolen (Owl Moon).

About the Editor

Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction books for young readers, including Nimpentoad and Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes. He enjoys moderating sci-fi/fantasy convention panels and eating Boston Crème Pie. He lives in San Diego with his wife and two co-author sons Josh & Harrison.

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday August 5th.    Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)     Happy Reading!     Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 

The Magician's Land (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780670015672
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Viking Adult, 7/2014
Signed copies will be available. Order yours today!

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 7:00pm
The seventh Chet and Bernie mystery, Paw and Order, releases the day before Spencer Quinn returns to MG. In the latest, canine narrator Chet and PI Bernie journey to Washington, DC, where Chet sniffs around the capital city to uncover a devilish plot while Bernie suddenly finds himself arrested. Spencer will tell us more about the dangers of over-empowered guinea pigs, and local organization SNAP (Save, Foster & Adopt-a-pet Program) will be on hand with some four-legged furry friends for us to play with … or even take home!            
ISBN-13: 9781476703398
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Published: Atria Books, 8/2014

Chet and Bernie pay a visit to Bernie's girlfriend, Suzie Sanchez, a crack reporter living in far-off Washington, DC. She's working on a big story she can't talk about, but when her source, a mysterious Brit with possible intelligence connections, runs into trouble of the worst kind, Bernie suddenly finds himself under arrest.

Meanwhile Chet gets to know a powerful DC operative who may or may not have the goods on an ambitious politician. Soon Chet and Bernie are sucked into an international conspiracy, battling unfamiliar forces under the blinking red eyes of a strange bird that Chet notices from the get-go but seems to have slipped by everybody else. Most menacing of all is Barnum, a guinea pig with the fate of the nation in his tiny paws.

As Harry Truman famously quipped, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." Too bad he didn't get to meet Chet.

About the Author

Spencer Quinn writes: I was born at a time when the last woolly mammoths still walked the earth. My mother taught me most of what I know about writing. She got a pretty good idea that she'd better make me into a writer—since I'd never succeed at anything else—when my preschool teacher told her the following story:  One rainy day the teacher took my class on a make-believe walk. We were indoors, the walk was real, and the sights were not. For example: "A car's coming class," my teacher said. "Everybody stop." We came to a puddle. "Here's a puddle," my teacher said. Everyone walked it around but me. I plodded straight through. "Petey, what about the puddle?" my teacher asked. "I've got boots on," I said.  There you have the nascent writer: uncooperative, attention-seeking, and tiresome. My mother rolled with it.  

I graduated from Williams College with an actual degree and went to work as a spearfisherman in the Bahamas. Later I worked a bit in radio, and found I was better suited to working on my own—and what could be more alone than writing? So far I've written crime fiction novels, the New York Times bestselling Echo Falls series for middle-schoolers, and the Chet and Bernie mystery series. 

I'm married with four children, most of them now grown-up, or doing a perfect imitation thereof. I live on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, overlooking a salt marsh. We have a great dog named Audrey. She does everything backwards.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 12:30pm
Edan Lepucki is the author of the novella If You’re Not Yet Like Me and a staff writer for The Millions. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop and founded the Writing Workshops Los Angeles. After recently receiving a mention by Stephen Colbert in his effort to support indie bookstores, her novel California became one of the most pre-ordered debut titles in Hachette’s history. All this attention is not unwarranted. (Read Sarah’s review on our website.) California is the compelling post-apocalyptic story of a young couple struggling to survive in the wilderness of a not-too-distant future Los Angeles.              

California (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780316250818
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Published: Little, Brown and Company, 7/2014

The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they've left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can't reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they've built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she's pregnant. 

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust. 

A gripping and provocative debut novel by a stunning new talent, California imagines a frighteningly realistic near future, in which clashes between mankind's dark nature and deep-seated resilience force us to question how far we will go to protect the ones we love.

About the Author

Edan Lepucki is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a staff writer for The Millions. Her short fiction has been published in McSweeney's and Narrative magazine, among other publications, and she is the founder and director of Writing Workshops Los Angeles. This is her first novel.